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Hobart Parish Newsletter – St Joseph’s Church

The Feast of Pentecost, Year B, 18-19 May 2024 (ed 2)
Ascension of the Lord, Year B, 11-12 May 2024 (ed 2)
6th Sunday of Easter, Year B, 4-5 May 2024 (ed 2)
5th Sunday of Easter, Year B, 27-28 April 2024 (ed 3)

Other News

(15th May 2024)

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, new National Code of Conduct

A new National Code of Conduct has been released by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for all people ministering in Catholic dioceses around Australia.

(15th June 2024)

Fr Justin Durai Raj cp Final Profession

The Final Profession of Fr Justin Durai Raj cp will be held at St Paul of the Cross, Adelaide.

Fr Justin cp’s Final Profession invitation

(24th April 2024)

Fr Sony cp departs for Endeavour Hills

Fr Sony left Hobart on Wednesday 24th April. We wish him every blessing for his new appointment at Endeavour Hills, Melbourne.

(11th February 2024)

Photos by Tony Lomas

 Vietnamese Lunar New Year Mass

Archbishop Julian Porteous, the Vietnamese Catholic Community, Fr Pastor, Fr Truc and Fr Dominic celebrated Mass for the Lunar New Year at St Joseph’s. After Mass each person took a scroll containing a Scripture reading, for personal reflection during the coming year.

(23rd December 2023)

 Passionist Appointments at St Joseph’s

Fr Denis Travers, the Provincial of the Passionists, has announced the appointment of Fr Pastor Mumburi CP as Parish Priest and Community Leader of St Joseph’s from 1st February 2024. We look forward to welcoming Fr Pastor, originally from Tanzania to our Parish Team and Community. Fr Peter will remain at St Joseph’s as a member of the religious community.

(1st November 2023)

Results of the Parish Raffle, drawn Sunday 29th October 2023


Ticket No.



Mobile Phone Package


John Bloomfield


Framed Photo-Federation Peak


Sr. Anne


Gift Voucher – Hill Street Grocer


Muriel Griggs


Pennicott Wilderness Cruise


C Barta


Gift Voucher-Tastex Knitwear


Kevin Dunne


Five Irish Whiskeys


Sue Jones


Smith & Noble Knife Set


Tony Giacon


Six Bottles of Windrush Wine


Damith De Lanerolle


Two Companion Throw Rugs


Phu Nguyen


Selection of Six Bottles of Wine


N Adams


Gourmet Hamper


Lanh Hoang


Bottle of Chandon Vintage Brut


Kevin Simpson


Gift Voucher – Chandler’s Nursery


Long Giao

(5th March 2023)

Br. Edward celebrates his 60th Anniversary of Religious Profession

This Sunday 5th March at the Mercy Rice Retirement Village in Geelong Br. Edward will celebrate his 60th Anniversary of Religious Profession. If you wish to personally acknowledge this milestone in Br. Edward’s life, please phone him on 0439 327 530. His address is Mercy Rice Village, 7 Moylan Loop, Marshall Vic 3216.

(16th August 2022)

arewell to Fr Gerald Quinn CP

Contact details for Fr Gerald :-
Nazareth House, (Holy Family Wing)
16, Cornell Street, Camberwell.  VIC 3124. 
Phone: 0490 901 767

After 33 years of ministry in the Archdiocese, Fr Gerald Quinn CP has relocated from St Joseph’s Church in Hobart to Nazareth House in Melbourne to better care for his mobility issues.

Having recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Fr Gerald’s ministry in Tasmania includes serving as the Catholic Chaplain at Royal Hobart Hospital for 31 years.

Those 31 years saw him called to the bedside of a dying person approximately 50 times a year, to be present with them and administer the sacraments.

Fr Gerald was involved in many initiatives during his ministry in Tasmania including monthly prayer sessions at Hobart’s Parliament House to pray for politicians, and fundraising for pregnant mothers.

Archbishop Julian expressed his gratitude for Fr Gerald’s many years of service to the people of Tasmania.

“I wish to acknowledge Fr Gerald’s wonderful service to the people of Tasmania over the past 33 years, especially his work in hospital chaplaincy.

“We wish God’s abundant blessings upon him as he settles into the next phase of his life and ministry,” Archbishop Julian said.

Fr Gerald has frequently spoken over the years – most recently on the celebration of his sixty years of the priesthood, of his gratitude to God for the privilege of being a priest.

The Archdiocese is grateful to God for the privilege of having Fr Gerald live out his vocation here in Tasmania for the past three decades.

(Archdiocese of Hobart – Josh Low)

(16th May 2022)

 Br Edward Braden CP – On The Move

Brother Ed’s address:
Mercy Place Rice Village,
7 Moylan Loop,
Victoria 3216.


Br. Ed left Hobart on Monday, 16th May, after his 50+ years here.  Yesterday, Sunday, people after every Mass were looking out for Ed to say their farewells – as they have been for the last few weeks.  Fr Peter and Br Ed had de-cluttered fifty years into four suitcases for Ed’s move this morning.  Ed wasn’t showing any signs of nervousness about this move, and showed a lovely sense of calm and peace of mind.

On the evening for his farewell meal, Ed requested sausages and chips.  Then, in typical fashion finished the meal as he always did, stacking dishes and loading the dishwasher before turning out the lights.

Our wonderful Br Ed has been a member of the Hobart St Joseph community for 50 years. Over all those years, he has been the welcoming presence at the church doors, Sunday after Sunday. He has surprised some tourists by remembering their names from a previous visit four or five years earlier. In his quiet, prayerful presence and his courageous coping with health issues, Ed has been himself an icon of Jesus Crucified, his presence has been compassion in action.

However, the time has come, Br Ed decided to ask if he could move into assisted care. Selfless as always, he wanted not to be a burden on the community. His family, to whom he is very close, live in Geelong, and so Ed is retiring to the Rice Mercy Home there.

Ed will be very much missed by his many friends in Hobart.

I know you will all keep Ed in your prayers.

In Christ Crucified
Fr Tom McDonough CP
Provincial Superior